Clean Water For Schools Initiative - Fiji

Clean Water For Schools Initiative - Fiji

Clean Water For Schools In Fiji

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This project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION.

This initiative has been completed!  Read about the #Conclusion & watch the video by clicking the link, or scroll down.

LOCATIONTeacher Fiji
The Ba Subdivision is located in the Ba District of the Western Division of Fiji.

Much of the Ba District is rural. There are over 56,000 people in the District.  Being a rural district in Fiji, much of the work in the area consists of sugar cane, and most working members of the families will be found working in the sugar cane industry.

Within the Ba Subdivision there are 9 secondary schools with approximately 22 staff/faculty and 20 classrooms. These schools serve over 3,600 students and 198 faculty on a daily basis.

In any given month approximately 1,200 secondary students miss school because they are sick from dirty water. As these children fall behind, their education is further and further delayed.

In order to help reduce the impact of sickness from water-borne illness, each classroom receives two 20-liter buckets (one for dirty water and one for clean water) and a Sawyer PointONE™ Water Filter. Along with each classroom receiving a system we send a system home with each staff/faculty. We have found that this increases the use and maintenance of the systems in the classrooms as well as helps keep the staff/faculty healthy and missing fewer days of work.

At each school our Fiji team will host a training time for the staff/faculty to show them how to use and maintain the system. The training takes approximately 30 minutes and consists of hands on learning and demonstrating proficiency. At the end of the training all of the systems will be assembled and ready for use.

378 clean water systems

Approximately 7,000 people will directly benefit from this project if you count all the children, teachers, workers and guests to the schools.  

Primary School in Fiji
This project is part of Water Charity's worldwide Filters For Life Initiative, which involves giving people access to the life-saving Sawyer Hollow Membrane Filters.  In this particular project, WC has partnered with a local Fiji oriented NGO called Give Clean Water ( to help achieve the distribution.  It is the intention to provide water systems to each school and household that does not have access to treated water in the entire district.  

Classroom in Fiji Primary School


As it turned out, the original secondary schools targeted for filters were placed on a government water source, and while it is possible they may still need filters, it was not prudent to move forward with those schools at the time.  Meanwhile, the primary schools in the area were in desperate need, so we shifted the project to serve those schools and their teachers.  Waterborne illness is even harder on younger children, so this was not a downgrade in the project and didn't cause any delay or waste...Map if anything, it only made the initiative stronger by focusing on children for whom poor water quality was an even greater concern, and whose water quality was even lower to begin with.

1.Nalotaw District School - Water Source:Catchment

2.Naloto District School - Water Source: Catchment

3.Balevuto Public School - Water Source: Bore Hole & Catchment

4.Nakoroboya Primary School - Water Source: Catchment

5.Qerelevu Hindu School - Water Source: Bore Hole & Catchment

6.Navala Catholic - Water Source: Catchment

The Ba District receives some of the highest annual rainfall amounts in all of Fiji.  Over 230 inches of rain can fall in some areas.  Due to the heavy rains, many of the villages and settlements in the Ba use some form of catchment whether that be from rain gutters, or local streams and rivers being dammed.

Each of these schools use catchment, while Qerelevu Hindu School and Balevuto Public School also have access to a bore hole for their water source.

By installing clean water systems in these schools, the school children can now drink bacteria-free water. In addition to the children, all of the teachers and 6 school directors not only have clean drinking water at school, but were provided with filters for their use at home or in their quarters!  Furthermore, we were able to give out filters for more than 150 households with the most serious issues (i.e. children frequently missing school due to illness etc.).

By providing the clean water systems, children will be able to attend school on a regular basis as well as the teachers and directors.

It is our hope to finish the rest of the schools in the Ba District in 2018. In order to reach this goal we will be searching for financial partners to donate to this effort.  Thanks again to the Paul Bechtner Foundation for providing the funds for this effort.

Please click the Donate button below to allow us to continue this great work.

small classAnother Small Class with Sawyer Filter
Learning about the filtersTeacher in Fiji class

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Village Improvement Project - Fiji

Village Improvement Project - Fiji

This project is a portion of a larger endeavor to raise the standard of living within a rural village of Fiji by creating a safer and healthier village environment.

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Our project funds will be used for constructing a V-drain (a V-shaped cement drain) in an area prone to heavy water flow during rain. After the recent floods in Fiji, the village experienced landslides and flooding right up to some houses as a result of the hand-dug drains not being sufficient. A V-drain will be able to adequately handle a heavier flow of water and divert it away from houses.

Other work being done by the village includes building a cement footpath from one section of the village to another. Footpaths have been an ongoing project in the village, and the area targeted is the final priority area without a footpath. It is considered a priority by the village development committee because it is a heavily frequented place, and it becomes muddy and slippery after only a minimal amount of rainfall.

Finally, a cow fence will be constructed to house a number of village cows that are presently left to roam. Cow dung is prevalent around the outside of the village and is linked to health conditions such as leptospyrosis and typhoid. The dung is in areas where children play, and attracts flies that can pass on disease.

The work is being done under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer N. Parker. The village is contributing 38% of the total project cost.

The work being done has been identified by the village as of great importance to the safety and health of the people living there. The substantial commitment of labor and money by the community will ensure that the project components will be maintained into the future.

To make a donation for this project, click the Donate button below.

This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.

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Saraswati Primary Manoca Water Tank Project - Fiji

Saraswati Primary Manoca Water Tank Project - Fiji

Saraswati Primary School – Manoca Campus Manoca, Nausori, Fiji

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Community Description
Manoca is a semi-rural community near Nausori Township on the south eastern side of Fiji’s main island. The community is primarily comprised of recent migrant agricultural workers from the country’s outer islands. The general population faces issues of poverty stemming from low education levels and unemployment coupled with rapid and steep inflation.

The majority of schools in Fiji operate as partnerships between community-based or religious organizations and the Ministry of Education. Each school has an operations committee that is required to manage funds, maintain the buildings and provide a percent of teachers’ salaries. Government funding is barely enough to cover the expenses per pupil and leaves the committee at a deficit after maintenance costs.

School - FijiIn mid-2009, the Ministry of Education changed their grant allocation and distribution policies which led to a 50% decrease in funding for the two primary schools that Shree Saraswati Ramayan Mandali (SSRM) operates. Since these cuts were instituted in the middle of the academic year, the committee was unable to adjust existing financial obligations.

Several capital improvement projects have been postponed due to lack of funds, compromising the learning environment and overall well-being of the students.

Saraswati Primary School – Manoca is among the least expensive schools in the neighboring areas of greater Nausori. The management committee aims to make education accessible to impoverished and transitional communities by keeping school fees low.

Project Description
This project is to complete the installation of a 50,000-liter water tank at a primary school. The project was begun, but ran into financial difficulties, and remains unfinished.

Earlier in the year, the school management committee broke ground on a water tank intended to address the problem of unclean and inconsistent water supply at the school. Due to the budget cuts, the project was shelved indefinitely.

The water tank has been purchased and the cement foundation built. Appropriate Project funding will be used to complete the piping and construction. In addition, broken and rusty taps will be replaced.

Water Tank - Fiji

Project Impact
This project will bring potable water to 300 students and faculty at the primary school for the next ten years.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Keondra Bills

This project completes a major endeavor by the community and school to bring a reliable source of clean water to the students. For a relatively small amount of money, a non-functional system will be brought into service without delay. This fits precisely within our objective of completing high-impact projects.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has been fully funded, through the generosity of The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Peace Corps Volunteer Keondra Bills of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Keondra and/or those of her counterpart PCVs in Fiji.


This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.

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